There are many roofing materials to choose from these days, most of which last for a significantly long time, anywhere from 15 to 50 or more years. One of the longer lasting materials is tile. However, like all materials, tile isn’t invincible. There are several factors that can impact the lifespan of a tile roof system including the climate. Other things to consider before installing a tile roof include the practicality of this system and the cost.
What Climate Issues Are There to Consider?
Both concrete and clay tiles have certain climate issues that must be addressed. More porous tiles, like concrete tiles are rated for less intense and humid climates because they are susceptible to moisture absorption and subsequent mildewing possibilities. Furthermore, concrete tiles are rather heavy, and this affects both the application of the tiles themselves and the construction of the building supporting them. While concrete tiles may last 30-50 years, they may not be the best choice for your home.
Clay tiles are comprised of natural materials baked at stunningly high temperatures, creating products that are both durable and beautiful. Often chosen for their beauty and visibility, clay tiles offer astounding aesthetic possibilities, but they are prone to damage associated with specific weather conditions. In fact, clay tiles are rarely found in cold climates because rapid freezing and melting can cause the materials to crack or break the tiles. For this reason, clay tiles are most often used in warm climates, and this leads to their association with certain styles and looks, such as those found in the Southwest and sunny, ocean environments. Natural composition and high-heat baking offer true durability in recommended climates, and clay tiling may last over 100 years.
Natural Materials for Presentation, Durability, and Sustainability
30-100 Years of durable roofing makes tile roofing systems a natural choice for many builders who prize beauty and presentation, but concrete and clay tiles are also sound choices for those who prefer sustainable building that has a low-impact on the environment. Concrete tiles are sustainable because they are composed of sand, cement, and water, and clay tiles are constructed of easily accessible clay. When it comes to cost of materials, concrete tends to be the more affordable option. However, if it’s the aesthetic appeal you want, opting for clay tiles is a great option.
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